The National Institute of Health (NIH) Pathway to Independence Award counteracts a problematic statistic: the average age for an investigator to receive a major NIH grant is 43. The NIH’s K99/R00 award is aimed to support younger scientists in their transition from post-doctoral fellows to independent scientists with governmental support. Only a few awards are given each year and only exceptional research programs are funded. The initial mentored phase (K99) provides a salary and funding for two years. Fellows then transition into faculty positions and the R00 phase, which is the equivalent of a full R01 grant.
Dr. Dallas's work and NIH Career Independence Award were reported by the UC Davis Foods for Health Institute here: Dr. David Dallas Awarded Prestigious NIH Pathway to Independence Award